Joanna (film)

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Film poster
Directed by Michael Sarne
Produced by Michael Laughlin
Written by Michael Sarne
Starring Geneviève Waïte
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Edited by Norman Wanstall
Release dates
  • December 1968 (1968-12)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1,195,000[1]
Box office $1,250,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

Joanna is a 1968 British drama film directed by Michael Sarne. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival,[3] but the festival was cancelled due to the events of May 1968 in France.


Joanna, an art student in London, has a romantic fling with her teacher, Hendrik Casson, an aspiring painter. She eventually leaves him for Dominic, who is quite poor, while her gold-digging friend Beryl takes up with the very wealthy Lord Sanderson.

They travel to Sanderson's second home in Morocco, where he reveals that he has a terminal illness. Sanderson sponsors an exhibit of Hendrik's paintings, while Dominic breaks it off with Joanna because she refuses to stop seeing other men.

Beryl's brother Gordon becomes the next lover of Joanna and impregnates her. In debt to criminals, Gordon is beaten by them, then takes revenge by killing one. He is convicted of murder and sent to prison, leaving Joanna alone with her unborn child.



  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p256
  2. ^ Solomon p 231. "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Joanna". Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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